Good Day Sunshine

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So what did we do today at Dew Claw?  Well we got out in the sunshine and had some serious fun. And you are in luck, since I decided to grab my camera this morning and take photos throughout the … Continue reading

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Two races down, one to go…

Update on racing –

Yes folks we are in the midst of our annual drop bag madness as we prepare for the 2017 Iditarod.  Drop bags are something I have blogged about quite a bit in the past, if you missed any of those posts you can read them here. But they are hardly the only important thing we do to prepare. Shorter early season races are another important step in preparing the team for the challenge of Iditarod, and recently I took the Dew Claw dogs on back to back adventures in racing; running both the Two Rivers 200 and the Northern Lights 300.  And I have to say I was super happy with the dogs performance at both events.  Wanted to share with y’all a bit about these races.  Of course you can find lots of fun photos of the team from both events at my Facebook page.

The team heading out on the Northern Lights trail. Photo credit, Albert Marquez

The team heading out on the Northern Lights trail.

With 11 of the 22 dogs in my race team this year technically race rookies (never having competed before) my main goal for both races was to expose the teams to the chaos and excitement that is racing; camping with other teams around, passing on the trail, being examined by race vets, and seeing new challenges. We do quite a bit of camping at Dew Claw, but being the only team training in our area means we do a lot of it in peace and solitude, and rarely get to pass other teams.  And if I am being honest it doesn’t hurt me to get out there and practice my checkpoint routine, sled packing, and racing skills as well.  I divided the race crew into 2 teams, so that everyone would get a chance to race, and I could better asses the new team members before picking the final 16 that will be making the trip to Nome with me. So how did we all do? Continue reading

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Warm up runs…

OK technically “warm up” might not be the best description, since Alaska is having an epic cold snap with temperatures across the state at -40F and colder, but these pre-Iditarod races we have planned for the next 2 weekends are going to give me and the younger race dogs a chance to get our acts together and practice before the big race in March. Continue reading

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Merry ManMat and Happy Checkpoints!

Winter moon rising over Dew Claw.

Winter moon rising over Dew Claw.

A great start to 2017!!!  Our order of gear from ManMat has arrived, and our checkpoint sponsor list is starting to fill!  We are super grateful for both! The house project is moving alone nicely. And Victoria is running her own teams.  The race dogs are rocking the trail, and shaping up to be a super fun team.

SO there is lots of progress happening, and the work continues as we move forward to what we hope will be a fun adventure on the Iditarod trail this march. Continue reading

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Snowmageddon at Dew Claw

Snowmageddon – previously known as ‘Winter in Alaska’

Looking out at our world this morning, a beautiful snowy sight to behold.

Looking out at our world this morning, a beautiful snowy sight to behold.

So since I am on a roll, lets try another blog post.  A simple photo blog this time, with a series of photos taken today as we dug out from the first real good snow storm of the season. And despite a day of hard work we were more then happy to have it.  Basically I thought it would be fun to carry the camera around and snap whatever images appealed to me as the day unfolded in all it’s glory.  Sure was fun, hope y’all like the photos.

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Ending the Year with Mush Thanks and Snow

So much to be thankful for, where to begin….

Jasper is thankful he discovered the meat saw, where he can snack on the dust created when we cut meat snacks for the sled dogs.

Jasper is thankful he discovered the meat saw, where he can snack on the dust created when we cut meat snacks for the sled dogs.

Hmmm how about where we left off last time? yeah that might work.  When I last blogged we had the shell of a windowless house in progress

 

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

First the “Cliff Notes” version of the house. Continue reading

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